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Real Madrid to pay €40 million for highly-rated Spanish full-back

Alvaro Odriozola will become Julen Lopetegui’s first signing at the La Liga club.

Odriozola didn't make an appearance at the World Cup.
Odriozola didn't make an appearance at the World Cup.
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REAL MADRID HAVE announced that they have agreed terms for the transfer of Real Sociedad and Spain youngster Alvaro Odriozola.

Odriozola, 22, has won rave reviews for his displays with the San Sebastian club in La Liga.

His form on either side of defence even led to a surprise World Cup call-up for the full-back from former Roja coach Julen Lopetegui, although successor Fernando Hierro failed to give him a single minute on the field as Spain went out in the last 16.

Lopetegui has now made Odriozola his first signing at Madrid, in a deal estimated to be worth the full value of Odriozola’s €40 million release clause.

The youngster, Madrid revealed, will also sign a contract until June 2024 at the Santiago Bernabeu once he has passed medical examinations.

“Real Madrid and Real Sociedad have agreed the transfer of Alvaro Odriozola, pending a medical,” the Merengue confirmed via a statement released on the club’s official website.

“The player will be tied to the club for the next six seasons.”

Odriozola is the first arrival in what promises to be a busy transfer window for Madrid, who were relatively inactive throughout Zinedine Zidane’s two and a half years in the hotseat.

Cristiano Ronaldo is close to sealing a move to Juventus, where he will take up the challenge of winning a league title in a third country after succeeding with Manchester United and Madrid.

PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, meanwhile, have both been slated as possible replacements for the Portugal legend, although with both still active in the World Cup Blancos fans may have to wait for further transfer updates.

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